Roylyn "Roy" (R.R.) Ray Schoon

July 27, 1943 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Roylyn "Roy" (R.R.) Schoon Obituary

In Loving Memory of

Roylyn “Roy” Ray (R.R.) Schoon

Roy Schoon was born in a sod house in Parkston, South Dakota, on July 27, 1943, to John and Eleanor (Bitterman Thomsen) Schoon. He died Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the Our House Hospice in Slayton, Mn after a year and a half long battle with lung disease.  Roy graduated from Scotland High School, Scotland, SD in 1961. He then went on to the Springfield branch of the University of SD, graduating with a Mathematics degree in Secondary Education in 1965. After teaching for three years, he made a career decision to become a banker. During his banking years he also went on to receive his Graduate school of banking degree from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison.  Roy’s banking career led him to work in many locations in South Dakota and Minnesota. He worked his way up the ladder from a “trainee” to ending his career as the Chief Executive Officer of all 16 United Prairie Banks in Minnesota. He retired from his CEO position, after 46 years of banking, on Dec. 31, 2006, but continued to be a director of the bank after retirement.  Roy married Marjorie Herman on August 13, 1966, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, in Tabor, SD. To this union, he was blessed with two children. A son, Brian, born in 1967 and a daughter, Jennifer, born in 1970. Together they lived in many locations as his banking career developed. They retired in Slayton, MN in a home they built near the country club so they could be close to grandchildren.  Roy was a member of many professional and civic organizations throughout his career. Yet his most valued position of his life was that of “Grandpa”. He loved to rock in the rocking chair, take rides on the golf cart, dig holes in the yard, swing, and eat ice cream. He gifted the grandchildren new bikes for their birthdays and gave out as many hugs as possible. His favorite saying was… “Come give Grandpa a hug, I haven’t seen you for lots of days!”  Roy enjoyed family, yard maintenance, assisting at harvest, golfing, hunting, bird watching, and traveling. His favorite destinations were Southwest Florida and the Black Hills of SD where he made yearly trips for over 50 years. 

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Marjorie of Slayton; two children: Brian (Sue) Schoon of Elk Run Heights, Iowa, and Jennifer (Jason) Krohn of Slayton, MN, two grandchildren: Samantha (Keeran) Sampson of Worthington, MN, Aaron (Katie) Krohn of Worthington, MN. Four great grandchildren: Bella, Roewan, Piper, and Baby Boy Krohn due in February 2024. A sister, Marvelyn (Rob) Brink, Sioux Falls, SD; and a brother Jack (Lynette) Schoon, Estherville, Iowa; Brothers-in-law: Roger Kostel of Yankton, SD; Eugene Soukup of Wagner, SD; Larry (Kay) Herman of Duluth, MN; Sisters-in-law: Mildred Walloch of Tabor, SD; Tillie (Mel) Loecker of Crofton, NE; and many nieces and nephews.  Roy was proceeded in death by his parents; parents in law: Lawrence and Tillie Herman; Granddaughter, Natalie Anne Krohn; sisters-in-law: Mary Lou Kostel, Char Herman and Rosalie Soukup; and two brothers-in-law: Clarence Walloch and Ed Eichler. 

Memorial Services

St. Columba Church in Iona, MN on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Peter Schuster officiating.  The organist is Judy Andrews.  The song leader is Wesley Biren.  Interment is at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Slayton, MN. 

Visitation will be on Monday, January 22, 2024, at St. Columba Church in Iona from 4-6 p.m. also one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangement.  To view online obituary and send condolences visit In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Hospice of Murray County or Hearts and Hands of Murray County.  To view online obituary and send condolences visit

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January 22, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
St. Columba Church
451 McDonnell Ave.
Iona, Minnesota 56141

Memorial Mass
January 23, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Columba Church
451 McDonnell Ave.
Iona, Minnesota 56141


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